Some things come naturally to certain people, like baking, drawing, or throwing together the perfect space that feels well designed without being fussy or overly considered. Styling a space – adding the final touches through accessories, art, or plants – is the icing on the cake for any design. Admittedly, this can be overwhelming if you don’t have a lot of practice.
I tend to think of design as a creative process, and I always err on the side of following my intuition rather than playing by the rules. I live on the edge, I know.
That being said, there are a handful of guidelines I tend to follow as I’ve discovered over the years what works and what doesn’t. When it comes to styling a vignette — an interesting composition or arrangement of various objects — here are a few tricks of the trade that will help you create a compelling narrative and add a personal touch to your space. You’ll be styling like a pro in no time!
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Color Scheme. Stick to a general color scheme and repeat color to create cohesion.
Vertical Impact. Anchor a large piece of artwork or a mirror in back to add height, elongating the space and giving it more drama.
Add Charisma. Being eclectic is KEY! Use found objects to add interest and character.
Asymmetry. Symmetry can tend to feel formal and rigid. Avoid stiffness and add a carefree vibe with asymmetry.
Lean it. Lean art against the wall rather than hanging it for a more laid back, effortless feel.
Shed Some Light. Round out your space with a lamp allowing your vignette to stand out on its own and add drama at night.
Avoid Gaps. Gaps tend to read as boring. Instead, add dimension by layering and varying the heights of your objects.
Scale. Mix up the scale of your objects to create interest and add variety.
Use these fool proof tips to pack major drama and loads of personality into small spaces, making your home tell a story and look collected rather than decorated. Happy Styling!